The peak body for emergency medicine in Australia and New Zealand welcomes the Northern Territory Government’s move towards legislating a floor price for alcohol, part of a series of reforms announced by the Government in response to a wide-ranging alcohol review.
Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) President Dr Simon Judkins said: “Alcohol harm is the biggest issue facing our emergency departments and we welcome measures to address this serious public health problem.”
ACEM Northern Territory Faculty Chair Dr Stephen Gourley said: “Emergency department staff in the Northern Territory, who see too often the devastating effects of alcohol consumption, believe this measure – as part of a series of reforms announced by the Government – will help tackle the Territory’s number one health and social issue.”
Dr Gourley said existing measures, like the Banned Drinker Register, were having an impact in reducing alcohol-related presentations to emergency departments, but suggested police presence at bottle shops was also effective, and called for stakeholders, including health practitioners, to come together to evaluate the BDR.
“There is a real opportunity to look at the evidence and determine the most effective approach going forward that ensures the best chance of preventing the scourge of alcohol misuse,” Dr Gourley said.
Dr Judkins added: “We’re committed to working in partnership with the Northern Territory Government as they institute their reforms, and believe we are best placed to contribute to the ongoing assessment of these measures.”
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